The Best Holiday Movies You Can Watch Instantly On Netflix

With winter in season, the entertainment world starts buzzing about the upcoming holidays. TV channels play holiday shows and movies, and radio stations air Christmas songs. Families start getting into the holiday spirit, and with the cold weather outside, people huddle around the TV more.

If you’re not an avid TV watcher, then Netflix is the next best option. Netflix streaming through an Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Google TV, Android or an iPhone/iPod can let you get instant access to thousands of movies anytime, as long as you have a reliable internet connection.

Top Holiday Movies Found On Netflix

According to Matt Barone at, Netflix has over 100 top rated movies from every genre, streaming at any given time. Viewers can take their pick of some of the greatest action, adventure, horror, comedy, sci-fi, or family movies ever made, but for the upcoming holidays, here are some great movies you can find to celebrate the season:

Miracle on 34th Street

This television classic has been around since 1955. Thomas Mitchell plays Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who claims to be the real Santa Claus. A feel-good movie for families.

Home Alone 2

Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, was left home the previous year and had to defeat a pair of burglars. This time he finds himself in New York City and the same criminals are not far behind. Definitely a great comedy to watch with friends or family.

White Christmas

Two military war friends, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, fall for two sisters and follow the girls to a resort owned by their former commanding officer, who is in danger of losing the place. A great romantic movie for couples.

Jingle All the Way

In this family comedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a father who decides to get the hottest toy for his son just before Christmas Day. Competing with another father (played by comedian Sinbad) for one of the last toys, he encounters a number of problems along the way.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The Griswold family plans a big family Christmas, only to be turned into a huge disaster, featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. Classic Chevy Chase movie.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

In this Tim Burton classic, Jack Skellington, King of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town and tries to understand the concept. This movie revolutionized the genre for its unique animation, characters, and creativity. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should add it to your list to watch.


Will Ferrell plays a man raised as an elf in the North Pole, who discovers he’s not an elf and goes to the U.S. to find out who he really is and where he came from. The success of the film has turned it into one of the top rated Christmas movies of all time.

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The only movie on this list that I have found available on Netflix instant stream is Miracle on 34th Street (this was via Xbox 360). The rest are not available. This list cultivates hope, then crushes holiday cheer.

Just kidding tho, thanks for trying, and happy new year.

Andrew James

Hm. The list does seem to be a bit outdated (almost three weeks ago). But I see that all of them but Elf and Jingle all the Way ARE available.

Sean Kelly

It’s pretty much the opposite on the Canadian Netflix.

Of that list, only Elf, Jingle All the Way, and Miracle on 34th Street is listed (plus a few others, including Bad Santa and Christmas with the Kranks).

It actually annoyed me that I had so many ways to see movies, yet none of the options had the movies I wanted to see.